#20 Great Danes Shutout Sacred Heart 3-0
Field Hockey Score: #20 UAlbany 3 – Sacred Heart 0
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Alumni Turf
Season Records: UAlbany 8-5 Sacred Heart 5-9
Short Story: UAlbany scored three goals in the first half to secure the shutout win over Sacred Heart. Katie MacCallum led the team in points with two goals.
- UAlbany points: Katie MacCallum (2 Goals), Dana Bozek (1 Goal), Kelsey Briddell (2 Assists), Frederike Helmke (1 Assist), Anna Bottino (1 Assist)
- The Great Danes outshot Sacred Heart 19-3
- The Pioneer goalkeeper recorded 9 saves compared to UAlbany’s 2
- UAlbany earned 6 total penalty corners with four occuring during the second half
UAlbany scored the first goal off of a penalty corner. Kelsey Briddell went to the left of the goal and inserted the ball to Frederike Helmke standing at the top of the circle. Helmke slowed the ball for Katie MacCallum to take a powerful swing, MacCallum then launched the ball past the goalie to lead 1-0. In the 15th minute, Dana Bozek joined the scoring action off of another UAlbany corner. Again, Briddell went to the left side of the goal to insert the ball finding Bozek. Taking two dribbles, Bozek found her open shot and smacked the ball into the back of the goal (2-0).
In the 29th minute Billi Wehrer made an impressive defensive play to take back UAlbany possession, sending the ball to Anna Bottino. Bottino made a break toward the goal finding Katie MacCallum just off-center. MacCallum took a back-handed, powerful shot increasing the Great Dane lead 3-0.
Returning from halftime, the Great Danes did not lose any momentum and kept the Pioneers out of scoring position. It was not until the 40th minute that Sacred Heart earned their first corner and first shot of the game. However, it was quickly blocked away by Rachel Schannauer. In the second half, UAlbany showed impressive synchronization offensively, coordinating short, advancing passes to place them in scoring position.
In the last minute, the Great Danes earned two back-to-back corners, but they were not able to produce another goal. The final score read UAlbany 3, Sacred Heart 0.
COMMENTS FROM COACHING STAFF
"Our passing and movement were very good, and their goalie made some great saves. I am really happy with our ball movement today. I thought Sacred Heart played much better in the second half, which caused us fits defensively,” said head coach Phil Sykes.
The Great Danes will head to Lowell, Mass. for a rematch against UMass Lowell on Sunday, October 15th 2017 at 2:00 PM.